Norwegian health official: Municipalities must carry out infection tracing very actively during Christmas

Espen NakstadPhoto: Ørn E. Borgen / NTB
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Several municipalities are experiencing an increase in the number of corona cases during the Christmas season. Assistant Director of Health Espen Nakstad emphasizes the importance of active infection tracing during the holidays.

“The most important thing now is that the municipalities that have an increase in infection are following the infection, and testing and tracing very actively also at Christmas,” Nakstad said on NRK Dagsnytt Wednesday morning.

In the last 24 hours, 596 corona infections have been registered in Norway. 

That is 165 more than the day before and 78 more than the same day last week.

“Unfortunately, the decline that we have had in the last three weeks has leveled off, and now it is clearly rising in several of the large urban municipalities. 

“It should be said that more are testing, but still it is a worrying development,” Nakstad said.

An infection spike after Christmas?

Nakstad also thinks that there may soon be a further increase in infection due to Christmas and New Year celebrations.

“Now we’re heading toward Christmas. It is a time when people are very much in touch with others. 

“There is also a lot of contact in the Christmas rush. Unfortunately, we will probably see the repercussions of Christmas and the New Year in a bit, and we are worried about that,” he concluded.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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